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A tenth week at the summit for Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran gets a tenth week atop the singles chart with Bad Habits. Kanye West gets his third number one album.

Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits is number one for a tenth week. Kanye West has the number one album.

Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits extends its run at the top of the singles chart to ten weeks. Bad Habits is only the tenth song to spend ten or more consecutive weeks at number one. Other songs have spent at least ten weeks in total, including the all-time record holder Frankie Laine’s I Believe. That spent eighteen weeks at number one in three separate runs in 1953 but its longest continuous run was a “mere” nine weeks. Ed Sheeran is the only act to have had two songs spend at least ten successive weeks at number one.

Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber’s Stay is almost as firmly entrenched in its position as Bad habits. It spends a fifth consecutive week (and sixth in total) at number two. Becky Hill and David Guetta’s Remember and Jonasu’s Black Magic complete an unchanged top four. Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow climb two places to number five with Industry Baby.

The supreme ego that is Kanye West (until he is allowed to change his name to Ye) released a new album last week. Inevitably, the three most popular tracks end up in the top twenty with further tracks excluded from the chart by the three-song limit. Hurricane is at number six, Jail is at number eleven and Off The Grid is at fifteen. These three entries, all of them utterly atrocious, bring his tally of top twenty singles up to 32 and put him one short of fifty top forty hits. Jail features Jay-Z and The Weeknd is a featured artist on Hurricane. Neither of them can use the excuse that they need the money to justify appearing on this rubbish. None of the featured artists actually appear on the credits; whether this is because they were embarrassed by the results or it is just West’s ego getting in the way remains open to speculation.

Becky Hill and Topic already have one song each in the top forty - Hill with Remember and German producer Topic alongside Clean Bandit on Drive at number 33.This week they team up on My Heart Goes (La Di Da) at number 36. It is Hill’s ninth top forty hit and Topic’s fourth.

David Guetta is currently enjoying his most successful year in the UK charts since 2014. That continues this week with the arrival of If You Really Love Me (How Will I Know) at number 40. It is a version of a song which was originally a hit for Whitney Houston in 1986. The year 2014 was also the year of the last of featured vocalist John Newman’s three number one singles to date and this is his first top forty hit for five years. His brother, James, is still waiting to make his top forty debut following the failure of his failed Eurovision entry to get that far. The other featured artist, Radio 1 DJ MistaJam makes his chart debut.

BTS’s Butter re-enters at number 32 courtesy of a Meghan Thee Stallion remix, just what the world has been waiting for. The original mix reached number three earlier this year. Glass Animals’ Heat Waves re-enters at number eighteen, one place higher than it got in its original run earlier this year. Apparently it featured on some Netflix show.

As mentioned above, Kanye West released a new album last weekend. It is fair to say that reviews of Donda have been less than favourable with The Independent giving it zero stars and other publications being almost as scathing. West has been heavily criticised for recruiting Marilyn Manson (who is facing multiple accusations of sexual assault) and DaBaby (who has made some highly controversial comments on Aids) to work on the album but the general consensus from the critics is that their presence is not the only reason the album is no good. None of that has stopped Donda from being West’s third number one album following Graduation (2007) and Yeezus (2013).

Singer-songwriter Maisie Peters enters at number two with her debut album You Signed Up For This. She has been in the singles chart for the last two months with her song Psycho but, as of last week, it has yet to get any higher than number 72. American singer-songwriter Halsey is at number five with her fourth album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. While the album has not (yet) spawned any hit singles, it is her third top ten album. Five years ago this week, she was at the top of the singles chart as vocalist on The Chainsmokers’ Closer.

Before the late release of Kanye West’s un-masterpiece, the signs were looking good for Chvrches and their new album Screen Violence. They were outdoing the week’s other new releases and held a lead, albeit a fairly slender one, over Olivia Rodrigo. The arrival of Donda meant that it became a question of whether they would at least be able to claim the runner-up spot for a new peak position in the albums chart. In the event, the Glaswegian trio finish at number four, behind Maisie Peters as well as Olivia Rodrigo who is at number three. While they missed out on a first number one, they maintain their record of reaching the top ten with each of their four albums.

Even though Get To Know Becky Hill has been in the albums chart for the last two years, her new release Only Honest On The Weekend is still being described as her debut album. In all its time on the chart, Get To Know has only just scraped into the top twenty. Her “debut” album is at number seven.

For a time in the early 2010s, it seemed that no chart commentary was complete without mentioning that Ryan Tedder had co-written one of that week’s new entries or, at the very least, one or more tracks on one or more albums entering the chart that week. At the same time, his band OneRepublic were enjoying their greatest period of success in the UK. They are less successful nowadays, much to the relief of many, a fact illustrated by the arrival of their new album, Human, at a lowly number thirty.

In recent years, there have been so many albums comprising previously unreleased material that there is surely a need for a word or phrase to describe such collections. Bits-and-bobs compilations might serve as a fairly neutral term; cash-ins would arguably be a fair description for at least some of them. This week’s addition to the list comes from one of the biggest acts of the 1960s and ‘70s (particularly in their native USA), The Beach Boys. Feel Flows: The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-71 is a not-very-catchily titled collection of material recorded in the making of their Sunflower (1970, number 29) and Surf’s Up (1971, number 15) albums. It is a new entry at number nineteen.

Further nostalgia comes in the form of a new album from Toyah who had a number of hits in the 1980s with songs such as I Want To Be Free and It's A Mystery. Posh Pop, her first new album since In The Court Of The Crimson Queen in 2008, is at number 22.

One evening in the early 1990s, I went, as I had done several times before, to see the Buckinghamshire-based band Thousand Yard Stare. Having no idea who the support band were (there being no easy way to find out), I turned up in time to see that it was a band called The Jennifers. I’m sure I was by no means alone in thinking that they looked incredibly young. I eventually found that they were, indeed, incredibly young. A year or so after that gig, they split up - so that the members could concentrate on their GCSEs.

Once those GCSEs were over, two members of The Jennifers formed a new band and called it Supergrass. While The Jennifers’ biggest influence were clearly shoegazers Ride, Supergrass’s influences were more varied with their biggest hit (and its accompanying video) Alright owing more than a little to The Monkees.

Supergrass split up in 2009 but re-formed ten years later to perform a series of gigs. Inevitably, those plans had to be suspended last year, but now they are getting ready to resume their revival tour. To coincide with that, they have released a new edition of their second album In It For the Money, originally released in 1997. The album originally reached number two, part of an excellent top two with The Charlatans’ Tellin’ Stories. By one of those strange coincidences, Tim Burgess of The Charlatans tweeted something yesterday (Thursday) saying that watching The Monkees’ television series was what made him want to be in a band. The reissue of In It For The Money is at number 28.

A little over a decade after Supergrass released their first album, Brighton band The Kooks released their debut. The band were never particularly popular with the critics; they probably didn’t help themselves by taking their name from a David Bowie song title, thereby inviting comparisons with the great man. That debut album, Inside In / Inside Out, had also been reissued to mark its 25th anniversary. It lands at number forty; the original release peaked at number two having taken nearly six months to get there. Its sales were boosted by the success of the singles Naive and She Moves In Her Own Way.
Published on: 2021-09-03 by Suedehead2 || 2816 Views
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